The Nissan Atlantis triathlon

Yo, it was triathlon galore this weekend on the Palm Island. The inaugural Nissan Atlantis took place with around 700 competitors taking part in disciplines ranging from a kids race

to aquathon to sprint triathlon with an Olympic non-drafting tri comp as the main event.


The main event featured none other than Chris ” Macca ” McCormack and he brought Photo: Chris McCormack is coming to race at the Nissan Triathlon Festival! Hurry, last day to register. #NissanTRI #Dubai #Atlantis #TriathlonPhoto: We are proud to announce that Till Schramm will be racing at the Nissan Triathlon Festival this Saturday! come and show your support! Till has an impressive track record with more than 30 top ten results in international pro races since 2010; a best IM time of 8h23mins; and a 70.3 PB of 3h47mins. He was under 23 World Long Distance Duathlon Champion in 2006.  Can he race the shorter stuff though? Will he beat Macca? How close will our local athletes get to him? Will anyone beat him? Olivier Godart fancy your chances? #NissanTRI #Dubai #Atlantis #Triathlon #triathlete

along one of his german pro’s, Till Schramm.


The event was held on the top crescent of the Palm Island next to the iconic Atlantis hotel. The swim took place in the inner, calm ring, the cycling and running were laid out on the very windy and hot ring road.

to the race: did the race straight out of IM Texas training block, no tapering, had a good swim, swam with Till all the way, came out the water together and ran the sheer endless way up from the beach to transition, butted heads with Till on the bike for a bit, dropped him at ca 10k into the bricklane Palm ring road, put a bit more than 2 minutes into him until T2, had a solid fast run, that was so hot and windy, Till ran very well and took back time on the run, but in the end I hung in there and kept a 15sec gap to win it in 1:56 something……

Giorgio Cecchinato's photo.

Ian LePelley had a super performance to take 3rd under difficult late season weather circumstances. Macca decided to drop out of the race after, ehm, bike course problems.

Deirdre ” Didge ” Casey laid down the law as usual with the overall ladies, Anja and Crissy Harris took the Vet ladies, Stefan Spies took Vet man with a very fine run. Ed Hawkins took the sprint in his final UAE race and will leave DXB to head to new shores. Bye bye Ed and good luck!

Thank you Race ME events Christian and Paul for organising, Nissan for sponsoring, Nakheel for the usage of the tunnel and Atlantis Hotel for letting us use their property. Well done! 🙂

As a conclusion: super race in a great environment. A very honest, beautiful triathlon that can be recommended, but at the same time needs to work out some kinks.



peace 🙂 out to everyone. Olivier

Photo: It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and reward yourself with endorphins and strength. Spread the word on the #NissanTRI Festival by tagging your friends in the picture. Register now at: #NissanTRI



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2 Responses to The Nissan Atlantis triathlon

  1. Ed Hawkins says:

    Thanks buddy always a pleasure. Good luck in IMTexas, Ed

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